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Lexington leaders break ground on upgraded public park

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton (fourth shovel from right) helped break ground Wednesday for a new playground at Gainesway Park expected to open late this spring.
John McGary
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Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton (fourth shovel from right) helped break ground Wednesday for a new playground at Gainesway Park expected to open late this spring.

Lexington leaders broke ground Wednesday on a new playground at one of the city’s busiest parks. Mayor Linda Gorton said the new playground at Gainesway Park, which is near three schools and a community center, is funded in part by federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars.

“Families and kids will be treated to multiple motion play pieces, more swings, everybody loves swings, and a new climbing feature. The playground will be more interactive and accessible than ever before.”

Gorton said four city council members, the Lexington Housing Authority and the non-profit Employment Solutions also contributed funds. The park is in Councilmember Fred Brown’s district.

“There are many improvements to celebrate here. In addition to the new playground behind us, a project was recently completed to improve drainage on much used paved trail here also.”

Gorton said the new playground will open in late spring. It’s the latest of a dozen improvements to Lexington parks over the last few years.

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John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
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